Press Releases

November 18, 2015

Wyden, Merkley Announce Farm-to-School Grants in Oregon

Washington, DC - Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced that projects in Bend, Cottage Grove and Eugene have earned federal farm-to-school grants totaling almost $225,000. "From apples to zucchini, Oregon's farm-to-school programs achieve two key goals: local farmers gain lifetime customers and youngsters grow up with the knowledge of fresh, healthy and tasty produce," Wyden said. "These awards from the Agriculture Department re-affirm the hard work happening in our state to … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

GUN SAFETY: Wyden, 19 Senators Ask Government Accountability Office to Examine Gun Safety Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and 18 of their Democratic Senate colleagues today asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess public health and safety programs designed to affect gun safety, and to provide best practices for the storage and security of guns in households. In a letter to Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, the senators wrote that prevention of gun deaths and injuries should be an essential … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Wyden Spotlights Key Oregon Projects in Transportation Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said today that a trio of essential highway projects in Oregon would benefit from a long-term plan to rebuild the national transportation infrastructure. A member of the Transportation Infrastructure Conference Committee, Wyden praised the House bill for bringing new projects within national scenic areas into the mix for transportation funding, including bridges near Hood River and Cascade Locks. He also cited another provision that upgrades both … Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Wyden Urges FCC to Limit Unwanted Debt Collection Robocalls

Washington, DC-Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., and 38 other Senate and House members in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to limit unwanted robocalls and texts to those with debt owed to or backed by the federal government. Section 301 of the recently passed budget bill potentially opens the door to unwanted robocalls and texts to the cell phones of student loan borrowers, mortgage borrowers, … Continue Reading


November 16, 2015

Wyden Renews Call for Pentagon Audit Following Revelation of $43 Million Natural Gas Station Boondoggle

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today pressed the Department of Defense to lay out a plan to restore fiscal accountability and prevent expensive mistakes, like the $43 million natural gas filling station recently uncovered by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). In a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Wyden expressed deep concern about the DOD's apparent lack of cooperation with the Inspector General's investigation, and lack of basic efforts … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Urge Congress to Target High School Graduation Rates

Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici today urged Congressional leaders to target high school graduation rates in Oregon and across the country as part of a larger K-12 education bill. The Senate passed its version of the education bill in July, which contains a Wyden-authored provision to help schools raise their graduation rates by making more low-income and low-performing … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Wyden, Merkley and DeFazio Announce New, Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Staffing at VA Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Oregon's Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representative Peter DeFazio announced new, bipartisan legislation to improve health care at VA facilities. The Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act would make common-sense changes in staffing policies at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve veterans care at VA health care facilities. The legislation was introduced today in the Senate by a bipartisan coalition of Senators and will be introduced … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Senate Passes Wyden Provision To Bring Retired Military Dogs Home after Overseas Duty

Washington, D.C. -The Senate included an amendment by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., ensuring retired military dogs can return to the United States after serving America overseas, as part of a larger defense bill that passed today. The provision is based on Wyden's Military Working Dog Retirement Act, which requires the Department of Defense to arrange and pay for transportation of trained military dogs to the United States when their service abroad has been deemed no longer necessary, including … Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

The Supreme Court Hasn’t Stopped the Government From Tracking Your Cellphone Without a Warrant. Time to Pass Wyden’s GPS Act

Washington, D.C. -After the Supreme Court today declined to hear an appeal of a decision allowing the government to access cell phone location data without a warrant, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., renewed his call to clarify a tangled mess of legal decisions around electronic tracking of Americans' movements. "It's clear the courts won't resolve this question any time soon, so Congress needs to step up and make sure that Americans' cell phones aren't being used as warrantless government GPS … Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Wyden Calls on FCC to Foster More Competition and Choice in Pay-TV Video Box Marketplace

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and six other senators called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use its authority and initiate a rulemaking to ensure that consumers can use set-top boxes of their choice to access MVPD (multichannel video programming distributors) programming. According to information requested by Senators Markey and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., from the top ten MVPDs, almost all MVPD customers rent these video … Continue Reading


November 06, 2015

Wyden Applauds President’s Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement after the White House denied TransCanada a construction permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from the tar sands in Canada. "President Obama did the right thing by putting Keystone XL out of its misery. I'm thrilled this spigot for dirty tar sands is finally welded shut and no longer threatens the climate, endangered wildlife and drinking water," Wyden said. "Now it's up to Congress to get to … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Wyden Statement on Release of Trans-Pacific Partnership Text

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., promised to dig into the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement between the United States and 11 Asian Pacific nations, which was released today. "I look forward to digging into the details of what was released today. In the days and weeks ahead I will be talking with Oregon workers, farmers and ranchers, manufacturers, and innovators to learn about what this agreement will do for them," Wyden said. "I fought hard to make this day happen … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Wyden, Udall, Heinrich, Bennet, Markey Introduce Bill to Ensure Hardrock Mining Companies Pay Their Fair Share

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Tom Udall, D-N.M., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., introduced legislation to reform the nation's antiquated hardrock mining laws. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2015 will ensure mining companies pay royalties for the privilege of extracting mineral resources from public lands. The bill helps ensure that taxpayers aren't on the hook for cleaning up abandoned mines, many of … Continue Reading


November 04, 2015

Wyden, 11 Senators Call for Full Investigation Into Wrongful Discharge of Servicemembers with Mental Health Disorders

Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) along with U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), , Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), called on the Pentagon to conduct a full U.S. Army Inspector General investigation into recent allegations that the U.S. Army has, since 2009, … Continue Reading


November 04, 2015

Wyden Works to Protect Americans from Unwanted Robocalls and Texts

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Ron Wyden (D - Ore.), Senator Edward J. Markey (D - Mass.) and 9 of their Senate colleagues introduced the Help Americans Never Get Unwanted Phone calls (HANGUP) Act, which protects student loan and mortgage borrowers, veterans, farmers, taxpayers, and others from unwanted robocalls and texts. The HANGUP Act strikes Section 301 of the Budget Act of 2015, legislation passed last week by Congress, which exempts callers collecting debt owed or guaranteed by the … Continue Reading


October 27, 2015

Wyden on CISA Passage: ‘The Fight to Secure Americans’ Private, Personal Data Has Just Begun’

Washington, D.C. -Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act this afternoon. "The fight to secure Americans' private, personal data has just begun. Today's vote is simply an early, flawed step in what is sure to be a long debate over how the U.S. can best defend itself against cyber threats. As even the sponsors have acknowledged, this bill will do little to protect Americans from sophisticated hacks. At the same time, … Continue Reading


October 27, 2015

Wyden: DMCA Exemptions Process is Broken

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said today's ruling on exemptions of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) include positive steps, but emphasized that the DMCA exemptions process must be reformed to keep up with the speed of today's innovations. This ruling concludes the sixth triennial Section 1201 rulemaking proceeding. "I am pleased that the ruling recognizes many legitimate and valuable activities, such as security research of software in the devices we … Continue Reading


October 21, 2015

Wyden, Merkley Aim to Lower the Cost of College

WASHINGTON - Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today introduced legislation to make college more affordable for students and families in Oregon and across the country. The PARTNERSHIPS Act would encourage states to freeze or reduce college tuition costs by creating a program that provides federal matching funds for states that agree to end tuition growth at their public colleges and universities, which enroll nearly three-quarters of all students. The bill sets federal … Continue Reading


October 15, 2015

Wyden, Booker, Colleagues to FCC: End Exorbitant Phone Rates for Prison Inmates and Their Families

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today joined a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler applauding the Commission's proposal to cap intrastate prison phone rates. Joining Sen. Wyden on the letter are Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Chris … Continue Reading


October 13, 2015

Wyden: Remove Roadblocks to Outdoor Recreation Access

Washington, D.C. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released a draft bill to boost outdoor recreation in Oregon and across the country. The proposal addresses concerns Oregonians raised about government roadblocks to recreation during a series of listening sessions Wyden hosted on his statewide tour of Oregon's Seven Wonders this summer. "The beauty of the recreation and tourism economy is that Oregonians working in it are all over the state, supporting communities large and small," I'm asking … Continue Reading

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